New England Dry Sclerophyll Forests

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<1%
1-10%
10-50%
>50%
Estimated percentage landcover for vegetation class

Structure

Dry, open forest to up 25m tall, with an open sclerophyll shrub stratum and continuous grassy groundcover.

Trees

Common species are Eucalyptus acaciiformis (wattle-leaved peppermint), E. caliginosa (broad-leaved stringybark), E. dalrympleana subsp. heptantha (mountain gum) and E. radiata subsp. sejuncta (narrow-leaved peppermint), with smaller trees of Banksia integrifolia var. montana in the lower canopy. On flatter areas Eucalyptus nobilis (ribbon gum) may occur, while frost hollows are dominated by E. nova-anglica (New England peppermint) and E. pauciflora (white sally).

Shrubs

Acacia filicifolia (fern-leaved wattle), Banksia integrifolia var. montana, Bossiaea scortechinii, Brachyloma daphnoides (daphne heath), Hovea linearis, Hovea pedunculata, Leucopogon biflorus, L. lanceolatus, Lissanthe strigosa (peach heath), Lomatia silaifolia (crinkle bush), Melichrus urceolatus (urn heath), Monotoca scoparia (prickly broom-heath), Persoonia cornifolia, Platysace ericoides, Rubus parvifolius (native raspberry).

Scramblers

Hardenbergia violacea (false sarsaparilla).

Forbs

Gonocarpus tetragynus, Goodenia hederacea subsp. hederacea (forest goodenia), Lomandra longifolia (spiny-headed mat-rush), Opercularia hispida (hairy stinkweed), Poranthera microphylla, Senecio sp. E, Stylidium graminifolium (grass triggerplant), Pteridium esculentum (bracken), Dichelachne micrantha, Imperata cylindrica var. major (blady grass), Poa sieberiana, Themeda australis (kangaroo grass).

Habitat

High elevations (900-1300 m) on undulating terrain in the transition zone from rugged escarpment to flat tableland where mean annual rainfall is between 850 and 1000 mm. Soils are relatively infertile sandy loams, usually derived from granitoid substrates.

Distribution

Walcha to Boonoo Boonoo along eastern edge of the New England tableland, extending a short way into south-east Queensland. Also found at a few locations further west on the tableland where outlying granite peaks receive higher rainfall than their surrounds.

Notes

Intergrades with Grassy Woodlands, Grassy Wet Sclerophyll Forests and Shrubby Dry Sclerophyll Forests in mosaic governed by regional variation in soils and rainfall. Fragmented by clearing for pastoral land uses, especially local variants in frost hollows and flats dominated by E. nova-anglica and E. pauciflora.

Sources

Benson & Ashby (2000); NPWS (1999)

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